Wood to President James K. Polk, October 6, 1848

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Wood to Polk, Page 7

the true questions involved in this matter, and


earnestly solicit the attention of your Excellency


to them, and to the necessity, at an early day,


of disposing of this vexed question, in some


authoritative and final manner.

This question of boundary, though seemingly


only one of interest, is nevertheless to Texas


a matter of honor. Encumbered with a large


national debt, contracted in the course of her


revolution, she has to look to her public domain


as her only resource for its payment, and the


acquittance of her obligations to those who gener-


ously aided her in her struggle. This consideration


will render the acquiesence of Texas in any


measure to obtain from her any portion of her


territory below 42 deg. or east of the Rio Grande,


without ample compensation, and on other conditions


by her to be imposed, utterly unattainable, and I


am not authorized to say that it could be even


obtained for that.

The last Legislature of the State passed


an act to create and organize the county of


Santa Fe; and to insure the object contemplated,


the Executive of this State was instructed to request


the President of the United States to issue orders


to the military officers stationed in Santa Fe to


aid the officers in organizing the county of Santa


Fe and the 11th judicial district of the State of


Texas, and in enforcing the laws of the State; "and


if necessary to call upon said officers to put


down resistance to the laws of Texas," which


was transmitted to you on the 23d March, 1848.

In pursuance of law, Hon. Spruce M. Baird


was appointed Judge, and James W. Webb, Esq. chosen

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Wood to President James K. Polk, October 6, 1848, Santa Fe Papers, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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